Step1 is a very special school for learning
Portuguese. I was lucky enough to stumble on to it
through the Internet. It was actually the second school
I have attended in Brazil, each for a period of 6
weeks, so I have some grounds for comparison. The
success of a learning experience depends on several
factors. Your own motivation, the quality of your
instructors and the day-to-day living environment.
Since all of us who embark on learning Portuguese
in Brazil are of course motivated, it is the other
factors that contribute to the degree of our success.
Being a former college professor teaching has been
my life. I found the teacher at Step1 enthusiastic,
and intelligent. The mode of instruction is similar
to having a talented friend with amazing patience
working closely with you. The school itself is located
in Florianópolis, a beautiful tourist and college
city that is safe, clean, and modern. There really
isn't any comparison between the two schools I attended
– Step1 is superior in every aspect.
I studied at Step1 in June and July of 2002. Florianópolis
itself is beautiful and the people are warm and cheerful.
The school is good and I picked up Portuguese quickly.
When I got there I didn´t speak a single word,
now my Portuguese is a lot better! The teachers are
well trained and helpful - the rest of the staff met
my expectations too.
Apparently barbecue (or churrasco as it is known here)
is a big thing and every weekend I went to barbecues
where people ate, drank and had a good time. I did
capoeira and took dance classes in the afternoon.
This extra time, interacting with Brazilians really
helped. I stayed at Laura´s house and she was
superb; I can’t thank her enough. Thanks a lot
During my stay in Florianópolis I greatly
enjoyed the daily challenges of the course. I took
a 30 hour a week intensive course for 2 months and
managed to get to a good level of coversational Portuguese
that I am quite satisfied with. The teachers are great
and have a professional approach to teaching, as well
as being incredibly helpful with just about everything
the student might need. I also enjoyed my music and
culture classes. The course gave me a very thorough
introduction to Brazilian life and language and I
feel I got my money's worth.
Classes are very good, my teachers were really great
and helped a lot, I want to thank my family too. It
was more than I expected; it was a great experience.
I was lucky because I had three teachers with very
different backgrounds and it helped me a lot. By the
time the volunteering work I did started I was speaking a much better Portuguese. I met
lots of people and helped make somebody’s life
better. This experience was a life changer for me.
I learn something about myself that I didn’t
I heartily recommend Step1 to anyone who wishes to
embark on a study of Portuguese as a second language.
Especially helpful were the many techniques for making
the learner begin to feel comfortable in a new language
environment. The school and the community of Florianópolis
were ideal for this purpose. The experience at Step1
was everything I'd hoped it would be, and I only wish
I could have had more time to spend there!
I studied at Step1 for 5 weeks and it was a perfect
start to my stay in Brazil! Florianópolis is
a nice city with many university students. I learnt
a lot of Portuguese language, as well as I had a very
nice time in my host family, learning much about Brazilian
culture. The teachers are excellent, and I have only
good memories of all the friendly staff at Step1!
When I arrived Tobias took me straight away to the
host family and made sure I was OK, showed me around,
took me out for a meal. It was just the start of the
amazing one month I spent in Florianópolis.
Everyday I learn something new about the Brazilian
culture… the atmosphere is really friendly.
The staff makes you feel very at home, this was very
important to me since I had no knowledge of the Portuguese
language. . The staff helps you in anything you need.
This was my first time in Brazil and I’m glad
I took this trip. I recommend Step1 to all my friends
This was my first backpacking adventure to South
America, so I decided to study Portuguese for a while
before I embarked in my trip around Brazil. Florianópolis
was my first choice because I have a friend who’s
been there and attended the Portuguese course at Step1.
The course was everything he told me it would be:
great teachers, friendly people everywhere in this
beautiful city and best of all – no empty promises.
I learned enough Portuguese to manage to travel by
myself and recommend this school to anyone thinking
of coming to Brazil. It was a great experience!
I had recently gotten my MBA in London and wanted
some experience traveling to South America (the only
part of the world I hadn’t been to yet). It
would just help me if I learn some Portuguese and
since I know Spanish, it was quite easy for me to
learn this musical language. People at Step1 were
very friendly and helpful. I decided to write this
to thank you guys for making my stay in Florianópolis
full of adventure and exciting activities. I truly
had some of the best moment of my life with you. Thanks
This trip was amazing. I’m planning to spend
a year in Florianópolis. Thanks for everything.
The teachers were excellent – really motivated.
Very professional program. Congratulations.
Timothy John Parker